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115 Allen St., New York, NY, 10002
at Delancey St.
small plates concepts works well
By junobird on 12/17/2009
I like the new small plates concepts at Allen & Delancey. Our recent visit allowed us to sample quite a few of the new chef's tasty creations, as well as the 2 "entree sized" selections, giving the table a long, relaxing evening which can be a real foodie's delight. Everything is well seasoned, and with the beautiful candlelit atmosphere, it made the holiday season dinner perfect. For dessert lovers, the menu could have been broader, and the pear upside-down cake was dry. Lamb entree very inventive.
Pricey but worth every penny
By timmy4433 on 5/23/2009
Bring your checkbook because the food isn't cheap but it is delicious. The foie with warm pepper brioche was amazing. The octopus and Bass were great as well. Our server helped us select our own tasting menu. They offered one but we wanted to try as much as possible. I had seen mixed reviews about service but our server was great. He was quirky and fun. Paid enough attention to keep the meal flowing but didn't overwhelm us with talking. very romantic with all the candles although if you aren't careful I think you will wind up covered in wax. The bar looked nice so maybe I would go back for a small bite and a drink. I can't afford to eat in this every night but for a special occasion I will be back.
What more could you ask for
By buttercream1234 on 3/6/2009
My husband took me here for a birthday dinner. I loved the atmosphere. What seemed to be a hundred candles lined the room. We had to wait about 20 minutes for our table but that is expected on a weekend. Plus the drinks at the bar were great. We made our own tasting menu and the Chef split the courses so we didn't need to share from one plate. The wine pairing was nice as well. It was pricey but worth it. I might not go back just for a bite with friends but for a special occasion yes!
Could've been better
By kager on 10/14/2008
I called twice to let them know that my dinner was for my anniversary. I asked to be seated at a romantic, cozy, quiet table.Instead they lumped us btwn two other tables- we asked to be moved and they just put us to another one like it. There were clearly cozy circular couch tables that were romantic available. The drinks were fabulous, the waitress was wonderful. Appetizers were fair- goat cheese tart was acidic and he had the quail which was tasty. I had the halibut which was slightly undercooked but very good and he had the lamb chop which was very rare. The desserts are amazing- we split the apple tart/donut and the peanut butter and chocolate one. Overall it was good. Pricey, great ambiance, great service but the food could have been stepped up a notch. They also could have been more responsive to our special occasion and not just squeeze us anywhere because we weren't celebs.
New LES Gem
By berg835 on 11/28/2007
This new LES gem is a must for anyone with a palate for refined flavors. From the moment you pull back the red velvet curtain, unveiling a bar scene that hip enough to hang but chill enough to dine, to your first bite of their perfect Colorado Lamb Chop, your senses are peaked and expectations met. While I was hoping for booth, my date and I were more than satisfied with our table for two. However, the proximity of the tables opened a window into the awkwardness that was my neighboring couple. This, however, just added another fun topic of conversation, further enhancing a superb experience.
small menu brings down the score
By glimmer19 on 10/23/2009
Ryan Skeen does a far better job here than at Resto, which was about the most overrated restaurant of its time. Everything I had was excellent, and creative (in a good way), to boot: lamb belly starter, less unctuous than its pork brethren, a succulent rabbit sugo and pappardelli main course, and a fab reinvention of that old warhorse creme brulee: layered dark chocolate, the creme, topped with stewed black mission figs. The problem here isn't the food, but the menu, which is so small it makes a return visit all but impossible. Plus, the room is cramped, uncomfortable, and overloud, due to the high percentage of large tables. Rule of thumb: the larger the party, the louder it is. How do you spell unromantic?
Poor Service ruined experience
By ip17268 on 8/12/2008
I went to Allen & Delancey for a special dinner last night, and had anticipated the evening for a month. We had a 9:30 reservation (on a Monday night) and planned to take our time and enjoy the dinner. Our intial drink order service was prompt, but in a span of less than 10 minutes of sitting down, our waitress asked to take our order 3 times even though we told her we hadn't even looked at the menus and planned to take our time. When we gave her our appetizer order she said we had to order all our food at once and forced us to decide right away. We had planned on a leisurely evening but were instead rushed through, despite the fact that we were the last seating of the evening.... the waitress was slow to bring anything we asked for (i.e. bread) but too quick taking our plates away and bringing the next course. The food was truly pretty good and the atmosphere is PERFECT (especially for a date!) but the service is such that it makes me unable to recommend the place... especially at $250 for two... what a shame!
By jc1234 on 3/18/2008
My wife and I had dinner here this past weekend and had a very nice experience. Warm and inviting restaurant...The host was personable and actually sat us right away, Can't think of one thing to complain about in terms of service, our waitress was very nice and attentive without being a pain. Our food was excellent. dessert was exceptional. I think the prices are in line as well...
A Little Bit of Work
By sle0022 on 5/30/2009
The decor was lush, warm and inviting, especially on the cold, rainy night that I visited. We had two of the signature drinks at the bar. They were delicious... very unusual blends of flavors which came together nicely. These drinks take a bit of time to prepare, and the bartender was obviously flustered and unapologetic. The oyster app and rabbit entree were well done. I had the bass which was much too salty. For desert we split the french toast. The components of which were very tasty, but you had to compile the dish yourself and the caramel sauce was more in a solid then liquid state and impossible to drizzle over the other components. I brought out the girl scout in me and warmed my spoon over the candle flame which I used to warm up the caramel sauce. This brought out it's bacon infusion as well, and it was yummy. Also, management needs to figure out the heating/cooling system. The temperature oscillated between too hot and too cold, so much so that I had keep putting on and removing my coat. Allen & Delancey could be a gem of a place it just needs a few tweaks.
By soesters on 3/22/2009
Definitely a pleasant environment but the food (had the tasting menu in March 2009) was average at best and certainly not worth the steep price.
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